Ecological momentary interventions: smartphones have changed everything and here’s how digital mental health might begin to catch up

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Mark Brown is feeling positive about the digital future on mental health after reviewing a new paper about ecological momentary interventions for depression and anxiety.

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Should people with schizophrenia be offered depot antipsychotics as first line treatment?

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Murtada Alsaif reports on a new nationwide Swedish cohort study that explores the real-world effectiveness of oral and depot antipsychotics for people with schizophrenia.

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Parenting factors associated with adolescent alcohol misuse

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Natasha Clarke considers a systematic review and meta-analysis of longitudinal studies, which looks at modifiable parenting factors associated with adolescent alcohol misuse.

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Memory lane: the road to recovery in depression?

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Becci Strawbridge explores a prospective cohort study that looks at variation in the recall of socially rewarding information and depressive symptom severity.

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Preventing depression in low-income mothers: Head Start RCT in the community

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Tayla McCloud appraises the recent Head Start randomised controlled trial measuring the efficacy of a maternal depression prevention strategy.

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Off-label antidepressants: limited evidence to support their use

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John Baker reports on Canadian study looking at prescriptions of off-label antidepressants in primary care, which concludes that when antidepressants were used outside of their licence, there was usually not strong evidence supporting the respective indication.

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A PACE-gate or an editorial without perspectives?

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This commentary by Kjetil Gundro Brurberg, Signe Flottorp and Aase Aamland was written in response to an invitation from the Editor of the Journal of Health Psychology, who subsequently decided not to publish it. In the interest of science and open debate, we have decided to publish the commentary.

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Severe mental illness in offspring may not be linked to smoking during pregnancy

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Andrew Jones considers a recent cohort study that looks into the associations between maternal smoking during pregnancy and severe mental illness in offspring.

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Elves under the microscope: does elf promotion increase research uptake by health professionals?

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Sarah Knowles reports on a survey and brief intervention study of the National Elf Service across the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, which sheds some light on how best to increase research uptake in mental health professionals.

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Right People, Right Questions: new survey on young people’s mental health #youngpeopleMHQ

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Today we are announcing a major new survey that will help prioritise research questions for young people’s mental health over the coming years. The Right People, Right Questions project is about looking for your unanswered questions on young people’s mental health that can be answered by research. We want to hear from 11-25 year olds with experience of mental health issues, their parents or carers, if you work with young people, or if you have another interest in the mental health of young people.

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